|“||He couldn’t bring himself to mention his fears even to Hector. Hector loved him, but Hector was twenty, tall and muscular and fearless, with a lieutenant’s commission and dashing stories of battles fought in France.||”|
Hector was a Lieutenant in Hal's regiment and 20 years old when he met John. Grey's attempts to capture Jamie Fraser prior to the Battle of Prestonpans were done in part to impress Hector, who in turn was one of the few people who didn't mock him for his own capture. Hector died during the Battle of Culloden.
Following the Battle of Culloden Hector was found dead, hacked to pieces by a Highland broadsword. In an attempt to make sure that John could accept and move on from his death, Hal made him look at Hector's body. Consequently, John felt haunted by his death for some years afterwards.
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John described him as fearless and always smiling.
Hector had dark hair and blue eyes. John described him as tall and muscular.
- Lord John Grey became Hector's lover while they served in the 46th Regiment under Hal. After John's failed attempt to capture Red Jamie before the Battle of Prestonpans, Hector was one of the few people that didn't mock him.
- Hector is a Latinized form of Greek ‘Εκτωρ (Hektor), which was derived from ‘εκτωρ (hektor) "holding fast", ultimately from εχω (echo) meaning "to hold, to possess".
- Dalrymple is a habitational name for someone who lived in Ayrshire and comes fromt he Gaelic dail chruim puill, meaning "field of the crooked stream". And alternate translation could be from the Celtic language for "the dale of the crooked water", from the situation of its village on a bend of the river Doon.
- It is Hector's sapphire ring that John gives Jamie in July 1776 when Jamie was trying to get gemstones so that Brianna and her family could travel though the stones.